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Winter Activities at Minnetrista

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on December 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

You may have noticed the temperature dropping outside, and have started to go into hibernation mode, but maybe you wrote winter off a little too soon. Maybe there’s a place near you, in Muncie, that has 40-acres filled with fun activities every season. At Minnetrista,... Read More >

From Moustaches to Mutton Chops

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on November 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

The Ball brothers had a lot of distinguishing qualities. They were shrewd businessmen. They possessed inventive minds. Each had a sense of philanthropy that was felt around Muncie; the community they called home. They also had great facial hair. In this conglomerate photo, George, Frank,... Read More >

Teddy Roosevelt’s Whistle-Stop in Muncie

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on November 17, 2016 at 10:00 am

In 1900 one of the most popular men in United States’ politics hit the presidential campaign trail. And no, it wasn’t the President. Up for re-election was Republican William McKinley. Enjoying popularity across the country, McKinley’s previous vice-president had passed away in office. When it... Read More >

Natural Needle Drop Is Nothing to Worry About

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on November 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

When we think of trees in our area, there are two basic categories they fall into: deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous trees give us those great fall colors we are now seeing in the leaves, and of course, eventually, those leaves will fall to the ground.... Read More >

EXPLORE. PLAY. LEARN at Minnetrista

Posted by: Robert Scott on November 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

Create a chalk masterpiece in the Backyard Garden. Play dress up in Betty’s Doll House. Discover a new favorite board game in Betty’s Cabin. Find a quiet garden spot to read a book from the Little Free Library. Minnetrista has been filling our grounds and... Read More >

Crosleys’ in the Navy

Posted by: Susan Smith on October 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

October 27 is Navy Day! Beginning in 1922, the day was selected by the New York Navy League in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Roosevelt was a naval strategist and scholar, and believed that a superior Navy was crucial to the United States becoming... Read More >

The Joys of Reading Yesterday’s News

Posted by: Karen Vincent on October 20, 2016 at 10:00 am

Several days ago I needed to find a Ball Stores advertisement celebrating Japan’s surrender, in the Muncie Evening Press on August 14, 1945. I knew that the advertisement was in that particular paper, and I knew exactly where the newspaper was located. Doesn’t seem like... Read More >

Adopting Trees Helps Muncie’s Urban Forest

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on October 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

If you have read any of my articles, or have heard me speak, you have probably found out that I love trees. For as long as I can remember, and long before I knew many of their names, I have loved trees. They are the... Read More >

Our Hidden Gem: The Nature Area at Minnetrista

Posted by: Jara Rowe on October 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

Have you ever desired a place where you could relax and free your mind? A site to see stormwater management in the works? A place to enjoy nature without leaving Muncie? Did you know that we have that very spot, right here at Minnetrista? We... Read More >

Out Of the Mold

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on September 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

In 1880 a small business was launched in Buffalo, NY. Making tin cans to hold kerosene and paint, the modest business soon redesigned their product and expanded into glass production. It wasn’t long before the company’s fruit jars were outselling their kerosene cans. Looking to... Read More >